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Job Vacancy – Assistant Director of Music – Closing Date – 30th August

Belfast Cathedral - Job Vacancy – Assistant Director of Music – Closing Date – 30th August


[Full-time, fixed-term]

Belfast Cathedral seeks to appoint as ASSISTANT DIRECTOR of MUSIC a well qualified, skilled, and enthusiastic organist and choir trainer who is an inspiring communicator and who will work collaboratively with Matthew Owens and others to develop the music of Belfast Cathedral.

From September 2019, Belfast Cathedral Choir will be under the direction of Matthew Owens who is moving from Wells Cathedral, where he has been Organist and Master of the Choristers since 2005. He studied at Chetham’s School of Music, The Queen’s College, Oxford, the Royal Northern College of Music, and the Amsterdam Conservatorium. From 1994-99, he was Tutor in Organ Studies at the RNCM and Chetham’s and worked for BBC Religious Broadcasting. He was subsequently appointed Sub Organist of Manchester Cathedral (1996-99), then Organist and Master of the Music at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh (1999-2004). He has been Conductor of The Exon Singers (1996-2011), and while at Wells was also Conductor of the Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society, and President of the Cathedral Organists’ Association (2010-13).

The Assistant Director of Music post will be available from 1st November, 2019. An earlier or later starting date may be negotiable.

The post is full-time with an annual salary of £24,000 plus a budget of £1,000 for Continuing Professional Development. The post is for a fixed term of three years, renewable by mutual agreement and there will be a probationary period of six months.

Applications should be made using the Application Form on the Cathedral website and addressed to the Dean, The Very Reverend Stephen Forde at

Applicants are asked to add a covering letter setting out, as succinctly as possible, their reasons for applying for the position at Belfast. A full curriculum vitae and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of a minimum of three referees – one of whom should be the applicant’s current or most recent employer – should be included with the application form. References will be taken up in advance of the interviews.

Early applicants may be invited for interview before the closing date and the Cathedral reserves the right to make the appointment before the formal closing date, so early applications are encouraged.

Reasonable travel expenses will be paid by the Cathedral to shortlisted applicants, and a contribution to accommodation costs, if needed.

Organists interested in visiting the Cathedral before the closing date are welcome to make an appointment by contacting the Cathedral Office on 028 9032 8332.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 30 August 2019 although applications may be reviewed on receipt. Interviews will take place in the week commencing 9th September 2019.

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